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Follies of the Madmen #305



Australia offers the rest of the world its giant mushroom phallus.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 20, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Innuendo, Double Entendres, Symbolism, Nudge-Nudge-Wink-Wink and Subliminal Messages, Music, Public Indecency, 1970s, Australia

Follies of the Madmen #302



TV in the teepee. What could be more natural?

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jan 26, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Stereotypes and Cliches, Television, 1950s

Follies of the Madmen #301



The birth of the selfie generation.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 18, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Family, Hobbies and DIY, Movies, 1950s

Just Imagine



The uproarious laughter by the human executive at the antics of Tommy Telephone, a plainly impossible vision, proclaims that the fellow is gratefully descending into the dark swamp of insanity due to the high stresses of his job.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 10, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, Products, Communications, Delusions, Fantasies and Other Tricks of the Imagination, Technology, Telephones, Cartoons, Stop-motion Animation, 1940s, Brain Damage

Mystery Illustration 34

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This wordless packaging was designed in 1968 to hold a very common consumer item. What was inside?

The answer is here.

And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 05, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Design and Designers, Graphics, Products, 1960s

Fur-Lined Pot

Swiss artist Meret Oppenheim's fur-wrapped teacup and saucer, first exhibited in 1936, is considered a masterpiece of surrealist art. Oppenheim said that her only intention when creating it was to take something familiar and make it strange. (Read more about it here).

"Luncheon in Fur," by Meret Oppenheim



But what was the intention of Lincoln Products when they came out with their "fur-lined pot," circa 1958? Was it inspired by Oppenheim's teacup? And what did they mean by referring to it as the "proverbial fur-lined potty"? I have no idea.

My best guess is that a fur-lined potty would keep you warm if you sat on it while going to the bathroom. So perhaps a "fur-lined potty" was an old idiom for an idea that was good in theory, but not in practice.



Posted By: Alex - Sun Dec 04, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Products

Anti-Hero Hostility Dart Board

In 1967, artist Robert Cenedella came out with the "Anti-Hero Hostility Dart Board," featuring "photographic images of some of your favorite anti-heroes." Consumers could choose between an "LBJ, Lady Bird, Humphrey, Castro, Hochi Minn, De Gaulle, Nasser, Nixon, Bobby Kennedy, Reagan, or Sigmund Freud" dart board.

In a later interview, Cenedella said that, "For a few dollars extra, you could put a relative or an ex-wife there." He added, "I had more success in doing these gimmicks than I did at my art."

The following year, Cenedella discontinued the dart boards, citing his concern that the nation had become too violent.

As far as I know, Cenedella's Hostility Dart Board was the first commercially sold, political-themed dart board. But nowadays they're fairly common. Zazzle.com, for instance, has a bunch of them.





La Crosse Tribune - June 12, 1968

Posted By: Alex - Wed Nov 30, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Politics, Products, 1960s

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